16th Vessel Joins The Fleet The Gulf Island V, a giant selfelevating, self-propelled lift boat capable of servicing rigs in deep water, was christened recently in New Orleans by its operator, Blue Streak- Gulf Island Operations of Belle Chasse, La.
The first call is made to the Marine Response Alliance (MRA) Dispatch Office on MRA's 24 hour emergency response line. The call is from V-Ships' Miami office informing the dispatcher that they had sustained a casualty. The M/T Sea Jackie, a 58,508 dwt single hull tanker,
Suderman & Young Towing Co., a Houston, Texas-based towing firm with operations throughout the Western U.S. Gulf Coast, has announced the election of N. Claxton Rayzor as the company's president. Mr. Rayzor joined the oil field service industry after graduating from Rice University.
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. recently delivered Belle Watling, a 72-ft. (21.9 m) Z-drive tug to Dixie Towing of Jacksonville, Fla. The first azimuthing tug to be built at the Bayou La Batre shipyard, Belle Watling was delivered 30 days ahead of its contractual delivery date.
Jack A. West has been elected an executive vice president of Genstar Corporation, of San Francisco, Calif. Based in the company's San Francisco executive office, he has assumed responsibility for its marine services group and heavy construction operations.
Robert J. Blackwell, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime Affairs, has announced the award of a $394,000, 16-month research and development contract to study the port facilities and waterborne commodity flows of 17 states in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf Coast area.
The board of directors of The American Waterways Operators, Inc. has elected William A. Creelman to serve as its chairman of the board. Mr. Creelman, who is president of National Marine Service Incorporated of St. Louis, Mo., will be completing the unexpired term of Archie L.
Alcoa Marine Corporation has announced the formation of a new division, Alcoa Marine Offshore Services Co., to offer geotechnical and geophysical marine field services, primarily to the oil industry. The new division, to be headquartered in Houston,
Seven Seas Towing, Inc., 201 Louisiana Street, P.O. Box 464, Westwego, La. 70094, has announced the appointment of Capt. L.S. Cleveland as operations manager. His responsibilities include all operations of the growing fleet such as personnel, maintenance, rigging and logistics.
Two leading tug firms in the United States, Moran Towing Corporation of New York, N.Y., and Crowley Maritime Corporation of San Francisco, Calif., have announced the formation of Ocean Salvors Company (OSC), a joint venture, to provide marine salvage,